Diwali markets in Lucknow & most parts of UP to sell Green Crackers in a bid to go green

It is being said that mainly due to the pandemic, the awareness amidst the citizens about the environment has substantially increased.

Some of Uttar Pradesh's key cities, especially adjoining the national capital, have observed a steep spike in pollution level ahead of Diwali. So the traditional firecracker market here this year, is all set to go green. Lucknow and most other cities and towns of UP will be celebrating an environment-friendly Diwali, though there will be no dearth of crackers. Lucknow's traditional firecracker market in the Rakabganj area has wholesale shops dealing in 'green crackers', developed by the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and it includes crackers like anar, sparkles, and chakkar.

A little expensive for the pockets but a great lot effective

The green crackers do not contain harmful chemicals, which means that there will be less pollution emission, resulting in reduced air pollution. Major cities like Prayagraj, Agra, Varanasi, Kanpur and Meerut are also opting for green crackers this year. It is being said that mainly due to the pandemic, the awareness amidst the citizens about the environment has substantially increased.

"Besides, raw material for traditional firecrackers is not available in adequate quantities so we are making green crackers this time," said Ashraf Khan who runs a cracker wholesale shop. Most of the sellers are selling branded products, that too green ones. Be it brands like Sivakasi, Premium or others- all are manufacturing crackers that cause less pollution.

Akhilesh Gupta, a dealer and convenor of the fire cracker traders' association, said that the city has 32 licensed shops dealing in fire crackers and majority of them have opted for environment friendly products. He added, "Green crackers are not green in colour, but pollute less and produce less noise as compared to the traditional crackers that were available earlier. These are perhaps the milder avatars of the traditional crackers." However, he mentioned that the prices of green crackers were a little higher than that of the traditional crackers.

City Magistrate Sushil Pratap Singh said, "The final list of the places where fire cracker shops would come up is yet to be released. It would be ensured that the shops deal only in the green fire crackers that cause less pollution."

With inputs from iANS

Scaling up the entertainment industry, Uttar Pradesh to set up a film institute in Noida

New centre to offer courses in direction, production, choreography, editing, screenplay writing and many more fields!

Fueling up its aspirations of setting up an attractive hub for the entertainment industry in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government will develop a film institute, in the upcoming film city in Noida. Proposed to be constructed over a stretch of 40 acres, the new centre will offer courses in direction, production, choreography, editing, screenplay writing, sound recording, besides imparting knowledge about the overtones of acting.

Keep reading... Show less

Jaipur to soon house a FinTech Park, boosting IT & Finance sectors across Rajasthan

The new complex would facilitate progress for the IT and Finance sectors by integrating their routes and amplifying connectivity.

In the recently announced state budget for the upcoming financial year, Rajasthan Government has focused its attention on propelling industrial growth and expansion. Aligning with this, the Chief Minister announced plans to set up a FinTech city in Jaipur, as stated by reports. This new complex is expected to facilitate progress for the two sectors of IT and Finance, by integrating their progression routes and amplifying connectivity.

Keep reading... Show less

Section 144 imposed in Lucknow to keep a check on law & order ahead of festivities, till April 5

The decision is taken to maintain law and order situation in the city besides addressing issues around the continuing pandemic.

Lucknow administrative authorities imposed city-wide restrictions under section 144 on Monday. Releasing a circular, the Joint Commissioner of Police stated that the restraints are being executed to keep a check on the law and order situation in the city, besides addressing concerns around the ongoing COVID pandemic. If the order is not repealed, the limitations under section 144 shall continue for a period of more than a month, till April 5, 2021.

Keep reading... Show less

COVID spike decelerated in Mumbai; new tallies dropped to 855 on Monday after 5 days of surge

Concerns over the COVID spike still persistent; Mumbaikars need to adhere to the preventive protocols to avoid another lockdown

In the last 24 hours, about 855 new coronavirus cases were reported in Mumbai, marking a marginal drop from the continual high rise of the previous week. While the fresh tallies depict a decelerated transmission, the Maharashtra CM urged the people to wear masks to avoid another lockdown in the city. Presently, about 8,294 cases are under active treatment here and the morbidity count stands at 11,479 deaths, since the outbreak last year.

Keep reading... Show less

Taking agri-markets markets online, E-Mandi project kickstarts in Uttar Pradesh

Market participants will now get the licenses and gate passes through an online system.

Uttar Pradesh witnessed the launch of the innovative E-Mandi project on March 1. Reflecting the state government's aspirations of assuring sufficient incomes to farmers, the scheme entails the establishment of grain and vegetable markets equipped with information technology. As per the plans, these centres would minimalise human interferences by providing an online platform for most of the operations.

Keep reading... Show less

Subscribe to our newsletter


Most Read